Lyla Feinsod

Lyla Feinsod

Medford, MA



Design fascinates me because of the silent (and sometimes not so silent) role it plays in everyday life. Yours, mine, everyone's. Architecture and design has the ability to do much more than provide for our basic physical needs, but for our emotional, social, political, and environmental demands. Seeing design through this lens gives us another understanding that is often overlooked. 

I received my Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan and my undergraduate degree in in Interior Design from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. My love for design has guided many life decisions including international travels, exploration of humanitarian design, and my innate aspiration to  m a k e  a  d i f f e r e n c e . 

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OX Studio, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Architectural Designer

Graphic visualization production including interior and exterior architectural renderings; graphic design for marketing. Project captain for commercial office and tenant improvement projects including full construction documents, and extensive coordination with the construction manager, consultants, and tenant. Assist in the design, details, communication, and construction documents of new construction projects (Schematic Design through Construction Administration) in a variety of sectors including art centers, single family housing, multi-family housing, and sporting facilities

Feb 2016 - May 2017

HKS, Inc, Northville, MI, US, Blog Manager

Successfully managed and worked within firm to improve and expand HKS’s Smart Health Blog. Responsibilities included networking within the firm to find writers, editing articles, posting articles, graphics, blog competition research, and marketing the blog externally through social media and internally within the firm

Sep 2014 - Feb 2016

HKS, Inc, Northville, MI, US, Project Captain, Intern Architect

Project lead for multiple healthcare projects including extensive coordination with owner, consultants and design team; developed client relationships; conducted healthcare planning; developed construction documents and details; prepared and submitted construction documents to the state Health Department and Bureau of Fire Safety; construction administration including working with contractors through the construction process, responding to RFI’s, reviewing submittals and shop drawings, and assisting in project punches. Team Captain for CANstruction, lead and co-lead client meetings, produced presentation renderings. Assisted in office culture development.

May 2014 - Feb 2016

VolumeOne Design Studio, Detroit, MI, US, Intern Architect

urban development in China, concept design, landscape design, schematic design, urban design

Jul 2013 - Aug 2013

CSNA Architects, Colorado Springs, CO, US, Intern Architect

client meetings, construction documents, design development, model-making Revit renderings, schematic design, site visits

May 2012 - Aug 2012


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Architecture

Jun 2011 - May 2014

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, US, Bachelors, Interior Design

Interior design with an emphasis in sustainable design. In my culminating year, I focused on humanitarian design coupled with new environmental design techniques.

Jan 2008 - Dec 2010


Sunbrella Future of Shade Competition, Other

2015 Top 25 Most Innovative Projects


CANstruction, Honorable Mention

AIA Detroit partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank to have architects/designers from the Greater Detroit Area to design and build a Can structure. Our structure was made from 3.500 cans that was then donated to those in need. My Role: Project Captain


Thesis Honor Award, Honorable Mention

The top project in each studio, faculty selected


AIA Huron Valley Award, 2013 TCAUP Student Show - University of Michigan, 1st Place

American Institute of Architects (AIA) National and Huron Valley Chapter Graduate Scholarship

The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning announced the 2013 AIA National/AIA Huron Valley Graduate Scholarships. Awards were presented to students whose projects "embody the exciting promise of realization while addressing real world challenges." A jury of architects representing the AIA Huron Valley Chapter selected this year's recipients and chose from student work showcased in the College's 2011 Architecture Student Show titled, "Spree."

A total of $2,500 was awarded to undergraduate student, Carlos Pompeo and graduate students, Lyla Feinsod, Lijing Qian, and Annie-Locke Scherer.


CANstruction, Other

AIA Detroit partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank to have architects/designers from the Greater Detroit Area to design and build a Can structure. Our structure was made from 3.500 cans that was then donated to those in need. We received the best meal award with our meal providing the ingredients for chili. My Role: Project Captain


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